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BASF alkylethanolamines plant in Geismar, Louisiana delivers high quality at full production rates

Published on 2007-12-11. Author : SpecialChem

GEISMAR, LA -- Celebrating its first six months of operation, the BASF alkylethanolamines (AEOA) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, has passed all of its design rate tests, including consistent production of high quality MDEOA ( N-Methyldiethanolamine) and DMEOA (N,N-Dimethylthanolamine S).

BASF alkylethanolamines plant in Geismar, Louisiana delivers high quality at full production rates

"Our amines plant operations staff at Geismar have done an outstanding job bringing our new alkylethanolamines plant up to design rates so quickly," said Teressa Szelest, group vice president for the BASF Chemical Intermediates business in North America. "Producing high quality material consistently at design rates enables our customers to rely on BASF for domestic supply of these high quality materials. It also strengthens our position as a regional and global leader for these important alkylethanolamines."

MDEOA and DMEOA are used to make wide variety of products, including gas scubbing agents, dyes, lubrication oils, plasticizers, fabric softeners, flocculation agents, ion exchange materials, corrosion inhibitors, pharmaceuticals, crop protection agents additives for textiles, hardeners for epoxy resins and polyurethane catalysts.

"Our customers have been very pleased with the quality of our DMEOA and MDEOA, as well as the dependability of their supply," said Steve Fox, operations manager for the BASF amines complex in Geismar. "In particular, our customers have been very pleased about the supply flexibility we have been able to provide as a result of starting production ahead of schedule and the excellent reliability that the operation has achieved."

The BASF Group's Intermediates Division develops, produces and markets the world's largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. The most important of the Division's product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates Division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2006, the division generated world sales of about €2.3 billion euros with 2,600 employees.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

Source: BASF

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